Latin name: Charadrius vociferus

Common name: Killdeer



Encyclopedia of Life:

Brief introduction: The Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus vociferus (Linnaeus, 1758)) is a medium-sized plover (a wading bird belonging to the subfamily Charadriinae), and often uses a "broken wing act" to distract predators from their nests.

Related papers:
Zhang et al., Comparative Genomics Reveals Insights into Avian Genome Evolution and Adaptation. Science, (2014).
Jarvis et al., Whole Genome Analyses Resolve Early Branches in the Tree of Life of Modern Birds. Science, (2014).